Although the Kurdish Shepherd Dog is relatively unknown and unrecognized, the breed exists in sufficient numbers and is held in high regard by Kurds everywhere. Unlike its closest cousin, the Kangal, this rugged working Molosser isn't as standardized and it comes in a variety of coat types and colours, from shorthaired dogs to those with a full rich coat and even some bearded specimens. Tall, deep-chested and muscular, the Kurdish Dog is a resilient and athletic Molosser. The head is round, with a slightly elongated muzzle and strong jaws. The nose can be black, brown and even red. The ears are usually cropped, but unaltered specimens are common. The tail can be either docked or left in its natural state.
The most common colourings have traditionally been white, fawn, brown and black, but today the majority of the dogs are bicoloured. Average height is around 30 inches, although smaller examples exist.